#34007  by Mark
 Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:51 am
Bylaw

QUEENSTOWN LAKES DISTRICT COUNCIL FREEDOM CAMPING
CONTROL BYLAW 2011
Pursuant to sections 145 and 146 of the Local Government Act 2002, the
Queenstown Lakes District Council makes the following bylaw.
Contents
Page
1. Title 1
2. Commencement 1
3. Interpretation 1
4. Purpose 2
5. Principles 3
6. Restrictions on freedom camping in proximity to townships 3
7. Restrictions on freedom camping in other areas 3
8. Council consent to freedom camping discretionary 4
9. Permitted freedom camping must comply with certain
requirements 4
10. Council may revoke permitted freedom camping 4
11. Offences and penalties 4
12. Relationship of bylaw with Ngai Tahu Claims Settlement 4
Act 1998
Bylaws
1. Title
This bylaw is the Queenstown Lakes District Council Freedom Camping
Control Bylaw 2011.
2. Commencement
This bylaw comes into force on 31 May 2011.
3. Interpretation
In these bylaws, unless the context requires another meaning –
Approved and designated camping area means any area within the District
at any public place that has been set aside for the purpose of camping by the
Council or other organisation, which has been approved by the Council.
Camp means to stay overnight, or more than 1 night, at any public place
(a) in a building, tent or other structure; or
(b) in a car, campervan, caravan, or other vehicle.

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Camping has an equivalent meaning.
Council means the Queenstown Lakes District Council.
District means the district of the Queenstown Lakes District Council.
Freedom camp means to camp other than at a licensed camping ground or
other approved and designated camping area.
Freedom camping has an equivalent meaning.
Licensed camping ground means a camping ground that is the subject of a
current certificate of registration under the Camping Ground Regulations
1985.
Public place means
(a) a place that is under the control of the Council and that is open to, or
being used by, the public (whether or not there is a charge for
admission); and
(b) includes a road (whether under the control of the Council or otherwise)
and any part of a public place.
Road means any place or area within the District which falls within the
definitions of road (including the extended definitions) as found in the Land
Transport Act 1998 and the Local Government Act 1974.
Self contained vehicle means a vehicle designed and built for the purpose of
camping which has the capability of meeting the ablutionary and sanitary
needs of occupants of that vehicle for a minimum of three days without
requiring any external services or discharging any waste and complies with
New Zealand Standard 5465:2001.
Using a self contained vehicle means the occupier or occupiers of the self
contained vehicle use the ablutionary and sanitary capability of the vehicle to
contain their waste until it can be discharged at a site approved by the Council
for that purpose.
4. Purpose
The purpose of this bylaw is to regulate freedom camping in public places and
its effects on our community and environment to
· protect the public from nuisance
· protect, promote, and maintain public health and safety and
· minimise the potential for offensive behaviour in public place
s.
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5. Principles
This bylaw is intended to encourage responsible freedom camping in the
Queenstown Lakes District. It recognises freedom camping as part of our traditional
Kiwi culture and as a valued tourist experience. The principles by which freedom
camping is regulated to meet the purpose of this bylaw are set out below:
(a) We welcome visitors who camp responsibly, respect public and private
property and follow some simple rules to protect our community and our
environment.
(b) Some controls on freedom camping are necessary to protect our
community and environment, especially the lakes and rivers that feed our
water supplies.
(c) The right to freedom camp carries with it the responsibility to respect our
community by protecting our environment from harmful contamination or
fouling.
(d) Freedom campers are expected to remove all waste and not cause any
damage.
(e) People using self contained camping vehicles are welcome to stay outside
the ‘no freedom camping zones’, in licensed camping grounds and
designated camping areas (see schedule A).
(f) People not using self contained vehicles are welcome to stay in licensed
camping grounds or designated camping areas only.
(g) Specific traditional local camping sites may be recognised.
(h) Those who are found contravening the provisions of this bylaw will
be subject to fines.
6. Restrictions on freedom camping in proximity to townships
A person must not freedom camp in any no freedom camping zone within the
District, as identified in the schedule to these bylaws, without the prior written
consent of the Council (which consent may be with or without conditions).

7. Permitted freedom camping in other areas
1. A person may freedom camp anywhere in the District outside of any
no freedom camping zone as identified in the schedule to these bylaws
if that person;
(a) is freedom camping using a self contained vehicle; and
(b) stays at the one site or in the same area no more than two
consecutive nights.
2. A person must not freedom camp anywhere in the District outside of
any no freedom camping zone, as identified in the schedule to these
bylaws, except in accordance with clause 7(1) above unless that person
has the prior written consent of the Council (which may be with or
without conditions).
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8. Council consent to freedom camping discretionary;
Any consent sought under clause 6 or 7 must be applied for in writing to the
Chief Executive Officer of the Council. Consent may be granted with or
without conditions, at the absolute discretion of the Council, where the
Council considers that the granting of that consent would not be contrary to
the purpose of these bylaws.
9. Permitted freedom camping must comply with certain requirements;
A person freedom camping in accordance with a consent granted under clause
6 or clause 7-
(a) must comply with any conditions included in the consent; and
(b) must leave the site clean and tidy when he or she departs; and
(c) must not light any fire at the site.
10. Council may revoke permitted freedom camping ;
1. Any person authorised by the Council for the purpose may direct a
person freedom camping in accordance with a consent granted under
clause 6 or clause 7 to leave the site at which he or she is freedom
camping if the officer believes on reasonable grounds that the person-
(a) has acted in a manner likely to offend or annoy other people;
(b) has damaged or is likely to cause damage to the site;
(c) has breached any of the conditions included in the consent.
2. If a person is given direction under subclause(1), his or her consent is
revoked as from the date and time that the direction is given.
11. Offences and penalties
In accordance with section 239 of the Local Government Act 2002, every
person who breaches this bylaw commits an offence and is liable on summary
conviction to the penalty set out in section 242(4) of that Act (being a fine not
exceeding $20,000).
12. Relationship of bylaw with Ngai Tahu claims Settlement Act 1998.
This bylaw does not limit or affect the rights in relation to nohoanga
entitlements under the Ngai Tahu Claims Settlement Act 1998.
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These bylaws have been made by resolution of the Council passed at a meeting held
on 17 May 2011.
THE COMMON SEAL of
QUEENSTOWN LAKES DISTRICT COUNCIL
was hereunto affixed in the
presence of:
MAYOR
CHIEF EXECUTIVE


Map of "No Freedom Camping Zones - QLDC website 3/3/2012
http://www.qldc.govt.nz/images/Files/By ... 5B1%5D.pdf

Freedom Camping Strategy
http://www.qldc.govt.nz/strategies_and_ ... gory/1029/
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